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As part of its overall strategy to bolster content bouquets in its key territories, Paramount Australia and New Zealand has given the go ahead to Helium Pictures’ eight-hour scripted drama Paper Dolls for Network 10 and Paramount+ Australia.
Paper Dolls AINSLIE CLOUSTON 4April2022
Helium describes itself as a bold new creator and producer of premium scripted and factual content for all networks, platforms and mediums. Paper Dolls is set in the year 2000 and follows the meteoric rise and fall of the fictional girl-band Indigo, a manufactured pop group born out of one of the first reality TV shows. Desperate to escape their ordinary reality and with aspirations of pop-stardom, five hopeful women step into the spotlight, only to find that their dream of fame is compromised by what it takes to achieve it.

As Indigo is unleashed into the world to instant success and stardom, the girls’ connection with each other evolves from competition to confidants. But their secrets threaten to tear the band apart, especially the machinations of one extra ambitious member who re-enters the music industry for a specific reason – to implode the group and seek vengeance on the record label that wronged her.

Produced by Helium’s Mark Fennessy, created and written by Ainslie Clouston (Darby and Joan, Amazing Grace, Playing for Keeps - pictured left) and developed with Claire Phillips (RFDS, The Wrong Girl, Playing for Keeps), with Bardot’s Belinda Chapple (pictured right) as co-executive producer, production on Paper Dolls is set to commence in Sydney later this year and will premiere on 10 in 2023.

“Paper Dolls is a deeply fascinating, female-driven drama with a female-led creative team. This dramatic and compelling series is defined by its unique mix of fun and edge – equal parts gritty and aspirational, whilst shining a light on some of this generation’s freshest and most creative voices,” remarked Helium founder and producer Mark Fennessy.

“We are thrilled to have commissioned another premium, entertaining and distinctive Australian drama from Helium. Paper Dolls is set to be a captivating and engaging series,” added Beverley McGarvey executive vice president and chief content officer, Paramount Australia and New Zealand. “With a sensational cast and an experienced creative team, this story will enthral audiences.”